The candidates for Ellis County Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 include Republican Jackie Miller Jr and Democrat Hector Tamayo. Tamayo did not respond to the Daily Light questionnaire.
1. Though a justice of the peace does not necessarily have to be a practicing lawyer, you are responsible for overseeing minor legal disputes such as civil cases under $10,000 and landlord-tenant disputes. What experiences do you have in dealing with these matters?
Jackie Miller Jr: Over 800 hours of continuing legal education training. 23 years working for the citizens of Ellis County. Plus presiding over thousands of both criminal and civil cases. Currently, I am the only justice of the peace in the county that handles truancy cases. I have arraigned thousands of prisoners in our county jail and have attended over 1000 inquest.
2. In relation to the above question, say, for instance, the tenant is a family member who is suing a landlord whom you have never met. How would you handle that situation?
Jackie Miller Jr: I would recuse myself from the case and call in another judge.
3. Have you ever faced any disciplinary actions in your professional career?
Jackie Miller Jr: No.
4. Ellis County averages about 7,000 civil cases a year between the four JP districts. Many of those disputes involve minor traffic incidents or civil cases. Dealing with that number of cases in addition to daily duties such as attending fatal accidents to pronounce a victim deceased requires quite a bit of time management. What experiences do you have that will benefit you in managing the workload?
Jackie Miller Jr: On-the-job training that requires case and workload management. This requires a good working relationship with all JP‘s in the county. As a steward of the office work comes first except for family.
5. Use this space to inform the voters on what separates you from the other candidates.
Jackie Miller Jr: My dedication to the job and true belief that I work for the people. At all times upholding the law And my oath of office, to the best of my abilities. I would humbly ask for your support and vote in the upcoming election. May God bless, Judge JACKIE MILLER